Cape Town - Stephen
Mokoka produced a historic performance on Sunday, charging through the
60-minute barrier at the Buenos Aires Half-Marathon in Argentina.
took fourth position in 59:51*, becoming the first South African to crack the
hour mark over the 21.1km distance.
he finished off the pace of Kenyan athlete Bedan Karoki, who won the race in
59:07, Mokoka took 16 seconds off the SA mark of 1:00:07 set by Hendrick
Ramaala in Kosice in 1997.
South African runner, Glenrose Xaba, delivered a spectacular performance of her
own in only her second attempt at the half-marathon distance.
ended fifth in the women's race in 1:09:44, climbing to third place in the
all-time SA rankings behind Elana Meyer (1:06:44) and Colleen de Reuck
wonderful performance by two consistent and very hungry athletes,” said Aleck
Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.
“We congratulate them both,
but we take special note of the national record set by Mokoka.
that regard we thank the efforts of the athlete and the work of the coach and
support staff, and urge them to remain focused to reach new heights.”
Record remains subject to standard ratification processes